Walking Through Walls

Walking Through Walls


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Walking Through Walls is a fantasy chapter book based on an ancient Chinese tale, providing a magical adventure. Fun for children and adults alike

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ISBN-13: 9780982659472
Publisher: 4RV Publishing
Publication date: 06/29/2011
Pages: 84
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.17(d)

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Walking Through Walls 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Literary_Classics_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Young Wang is disillusioned with the hard work and long hours his father must put in every day just to get by. Having heard the legends of the eternals and the great powers they possess, he decides to make it his life's goal to become an eternal. With limited understanding of what will be expected of him, paired with impure motives, he announces his intentions to anyone he believes might help him learn how he can become an eternal and ultimately perform magic. His persistence pays off and eventually, following a long journey far from home, Wang finds the temple of the eternals. There, he persuades the eternal master to make him an apprentice so he can learn to perform magic. With power and wealth as his compass, he soon grows weary of the days, weeks, and months in which he learns nothing of how to perform magic. There is a turning point in this book, where Wang comes to see beyond his own desires and learns compassion for others. Walking Through Walls, by Karen Cioffi, is an excellent book with a message of honor and compassion. Illustrations, by Willow Raven, are a terrific addition to this literary treat which will appeal to young readers on a quest for adventures in reading. Discussion points at the back of this book offer further insight into the culture and history of the Chinese as well as talking points for use in a classroom setting. Walking through walls earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.
Kfilagrossi More than 1 year ago
As the mother of two young boys, I'm always looking for fun and engaging books that are also appropriate, books that also offer a take-away value. Walking Through Walls is just such a book. The reader goes on a magical journey with Wang, the main character, and also learns about doing what's right. An added feature is a black and white picture at the beginning of each chapter - this helps the reader to see what the main character's world is like. I highly recommend it. This book is great!
Martha-A-Cheves More than 1 year ago
Walking Through Walls - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat and Think With Your Taste Buds "Twelve-year-old Wang longed to be an Eternal. He craved wealth.and power. Spending his time learning about these mystics took his thoughts away from the certain fate of slaving in the wheat fields all his life, like his father. The wheat fields might be good for some, but not for Wang. He had higher goals." Everyone should have high goals and work to reach them, as long as those goals don't hurt others. Wang's highest goal was to find where the Eternals lived and learn magic so he could have everything he wanted. He would use the magic he learned to take from the rich. After all, they can afford to share so it wouldn't be like stealing, would it? He watched his father work in the wheat fields all his life and had even worked there himself, but he was determined to not make the fields his life too. Following Wang as he struggled to acquire the magical powers he always dreamed of made me think about all of the people in the world today who are just like Wang, who strive for riches. Walking Through Walls is a book they should read; maybe it would help them see that riches, power and greed aren't really that important. What counts is what you do with the powers within you as you use them to create good, not evil. This is a great book that offers subtle morals for children as well as adults.
kathystemke More than 1 year ago
In her new middle grade chapter book, "Walking Through Walls," Karen Cioffi takes you on an incredible journey with her main character, Wang. He longs to learn the magic of the Eternals. "Twelve-year-old Wang longed to be an Eternal. He craved wealth . . . and power. Spending his time learning about these mystics took his thoughts away from the certain fate of slaving in the wheat fields all his life, like his father. The wheat fields might be good for some, but not for Wang. He had higher goals." Each step of Wang's journey is full of mystery, challenges and life lessons. Children will enjoy reading this charming ancient legend with a new twist as they experience Mrs. Cioffi's exciting world of fantasy. They will learn about Chinese customs because this story is rich in authentic details like the foods, homes, crops, and locations of sixteenth century China. "Wang ambled back to the cottage. He noticed his favorite flower, the lemon lilies, in full bloom. They draped the landscape. Hmm, they smell so good. He found his mother in the chicken coop, bent over one of the hens, gathering the eggs it deposited. "Mother, I am home." Artist, Adriana Willow Raven, opens each chapter with a detailed illustration to stimulate the reader's imagination. Like the vibrant dragon on the cover, each illustration is rich in oriental detail. As a retired teacher, I highly recommend this book for every school and home library. Reviewed by Author/Educator, Kathy Stemke